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11-27-2012, 07:17 AM
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1978 whc

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Holecek was named the Best Goalie of the 1978 World Championships by the Directorate and All Star Goalie by the Media covering the World Championships. I don't see how losing a close game to a better team (while being considered the best goalie of the tournament) is a "flub." Likewise, the 1976 Olympics. He lost 3-2 to the Soviets? Again, how is losing a close game to a better team a "flub?" Would you demand that Czechslovakia beat the USSR in every tournament to give Holecek credit for the ones he did win?

The 1972 Olympics and 1976 Canada Cup are the only blemishes on his resume that I can see, and as goalies go, having only 2 notable blemishes is pretty good. Bill Durnan seems to have two big playoff blemishes (1949 and 1950 quitting in the middle of the playoffs) in his shorter career.
1978 WHC with results:

Note the difference between gold and silver was in the final round. The Soviets and Tretiak NEVER gave up more than one goal in a game while playing in hostile Prague.

The Czechoslovakian team beat the Soviets in the preliminary round 6-4, not exactly a goaltending battle. However Tretiak and the Soviets bounced back in the finals taking a 3-0 lead over Holecek and the Czechs in Prague winning 3-1, the required 2 goal difference. Why Holecek won the awards and honours remains a mystery as he was not the best goalie.

1976 Olympics. The clip(up thread) of the last part of the third period clearly showed a 4-3 Soviet win. Starts tied 2-2, Czechs score to go ahead 3-2, then the Soviets score two late to win 4-3. A healthy Holecek looks weak positionally on both.

1949 Durnan a flub? Ridiculous. Without Durnan the 3rd place Canadiens do not make the playoffs or even reach game 7 of the semis.

Last edited by Canadiens1958; 11-27-2012 at 07:26 AM.. Reason: addition 1976 olympics
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